Books moral and immoral

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Artemis@BC, Sep 6, 2012.

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  1. Prancer

    Prancer The "specialness" that is Staff Member

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    A little something for the e-reader peeps among us: http://the-cheap.net/2012/09/freebie-mix-12-books-2/

    All 12 books are not only free, they are also DRM-free and thus can be converted to any format you like with Calibre.

    If you have a Kindle, a lot of the books posted earlier are still free--but not necessarily DRM free: http://the-cheap.net/category/freebies/

    And if you're cheap, but not quite that cheap, here's some $3.99 and under deals for the Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.ht...r2&docId=1000706171&camp=1789&creative=390957
     
  2. numbers123

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    I have found the Jamie Rush offspring series...but am waiting for the next one anyone else read them?

    In the meantime, I love my Eve Dallas series by J.D. Robb. I ordered the newest one Delusion in Death yesterday.
     
  3. TygerLily

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    I just finished Delusion in Death! I found this one satisfying, though I continue to skip the sex scenes completely.

    I'm now reading Tana French's latest (Broken Harbour) and am not finding it satisfying. My enjoyment of her books has decreased with each one. My reaction, however, might be complicated by the discovery of :yikes:
    a larva of some kind crawling out from the spine.
    So I'm a little turned off of library books right now. I actually looked seriously into e-readers as a result, but the screens were either too small or too shiny on the ones I saw. I also didn't like how long it took for a new page to load. I'm a fast reader and think that could get annoying. But
    larvae
    . :scream:
     
  4. numbers123

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    With the Kindle, you can adjust the print size and I have a screen protector/sun glare screen thing on it. It reads just like a book - a swipe of the screen rather than a flip of a page. I thought I wouldn't like it either, but now that I have my hands on it - my husband hasn't seen it.
     
  5. TygerLily

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    Thanks, numbers. That wasn't in the store I was checking -- but I think the Kindle is coming to Canada soon-ish. I'll have to look at one of them!
     
  6. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    The sex scenes have become much less graphic over time. Much less. :( I had to go back and reread Divided in Death where much of the background material for Delusion in Death was based. I enjoyed it all over again. I have all the HC copies of the series, but gave the earlier PB copies to my SIL. I may have to see if she still has them and reread the entire series. It's interesting to see how the technology changes in the series. For example, Eve texts now, while she did not in the books written in the late 90s/early 2000s. There are lots of other subtle changes as well.

    Unlike my beloved Reacher that Lee Child seems determined to keep in the dark. I have the new book up next in line on Nook. Of course, Tom Cruise is going to totally alter my perceptions of Reacher. I'm thinking I'll just have to skip that movie. :yikes:

    JKR's new book comes out next week. Can't wait to see what she does without Harry.

    And, I keep getting free chapters to read from Preston and Child of the next Pendergast book due out in December. I'm not certain why they're doing this but there seems to be some dispute between them and the publisher. I read the first chapter but haven't read the others because I don't want to spoil my Pendergast experience. Which is best enjoyed with good wine and chocolate. PL just thinks he's her literary husband, but he's all MINE. MINE I tell you. And if his stupid wife survives this book I will be distraught. She's supposed to have been dead for 10 years. You can't just spring a non-dead wife on fans like this. What were they thinking? :drama: Sorry, just a little Pendergast fan moment there.
     
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  7. PrincessLeppard

    PrincessLeppard Pink Bitch

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    Don't make me have to kill you and her. :lynch:

    I'm reading Gone, a dystopian YA book. It's.....okay.
     
  8. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    I love J D Robb. I came late to the party and was lucky enough to find a collection for sale (cheap) on Amazon and read through the first twenty-five or so books one after the other. It really spoiled me. I have a hard time waiting for each new one, now. :lol:
     
  9. Spinner

    Spinner Where's my book?

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    If you have the same reaction I had, make sure there's nothing valuable within book-flinging distance.
     
  10. galaxygirl

    galaxygirl Ma name's Beckeh

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    I'm reading it on my Nook, so I guess I'll have to find something else to fling. :lol:
     
  11. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    TygerLily, that's disappointing about Tana French's latest - it's sitting on my shelf and I'm making myself finish up Chronic City (STILL! I thought I'd made great headway and last night I realized I still have 200 pages to go :drama: ) before I can read it. But I liked Faithful Place best of all from the first three books, so maybe Broken Harbour will still appeal to me.

    On a whim I picked up The Razor's Edge last week. I don't think I've read any W. Somerset Maugham before :shuffle:
     
  12. PDilemma

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    I have never been pro-eReader, but circumstances change. I have some vision issues beginning and got a Kindle last month for my birthday. It is actually easier for me to read. I have a Kindle Touch with no back lighting. I have not had a problem with glare and the slightly gray background is easier on my eyes as the hazy/foggy spots in my vision are less noticeable than when reading from a white page of a book and I have less eye strain. The ability to change the font size is great, too. The size I need depends on the day and how my eyes are. I prefer it smaller so I'm not constantly "turning" pages, but some days it is easier to read when it is bigger.

    On an interesting note, my optometrist told me that he recently read that Kindle has the best contrast for those with vision issues, better than Nook or other eReaders.
     
  13. Prancer

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    galaxygirl Ma name's Beckeh

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    Lots of good reviews, but he showed us the photographs from the book and told us a bit about the circumstances of the photos and :yikes:. I will read it, but I'm trying to decide if I want to buy it (because it's good) or get it from the library (because it's :yikes: and I probably won't read it twice). I had nightmares about one of the photos last night.:scream:.

    I have so many papers to read right now that I don't have time to read anything I want to read :wuzrobbed.
     
  16. galaxygirl

    galaxygirl Ma name's Beckeh

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    Yeah, I think that's one of the reason it's been on my TBR for so long. I saw a photo (not related to this book) several years ago of a little girl in Africa who collapsed while trying to get to an aid station and there was a vulture near her, just waiting for her to die. I think the photographer later committed suicide. It was horrible. :(

    So I've been reading a lot of YA books lately that don't require too much thinking and that won't give me nightmares.

    I'm sorry you don't have any time for fun stuff. :(
     
  17. Prancer

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    Agh! I know that photo. I sometimes teach freshman comp online, which is a prepackaged course (I have no say over any of it). One of the assignments is that the students must analyze an image. One student last year did her paper on that photo.

    The photojournalist was a strict adherent of the school of "record, do not interfere," but after he took the photo, he couldn't bear it and he chased the vulture away. The child got up and made it to the aid station, although what happened to her after that is unknown. The photojournalist was accused of staging the photo and of being a vulture himself for taking the shot. He was already depressed and despairing over many things before the photo, and he did indeed commit suicide three months after the picture was taken, two months after he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

    So many things about Africa are just unbearably sad. :(

    Me, too.
     
  18. galaxygirl

    galaxygirl Ma name's Beckeh

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    :eek: I think if I had been her, I'd've had to go on anti-depressants after writing the paper.

    I didn't know this part. I'm glad she at least made it to the aid station.
     
  19. Michalle

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    18 year olds love writing about depressing stuff (at least a lot of them). It's not really real to them at that age, a lot of the time.
     
  20. numbers123

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    Yeah - the wait is horrible for me. Which is why I needed to find a few new authors. When Borders were out of business, I bought up just about everything. Problem was that some of the authors I started in the middle of the series and have to back track.

    Another problem for me, is that I usually have 3 or 4 books started at any one time. I have been trying to read Lady Lazarus for months now. It seems so disjointed and I can not follow the story line
     
  21. TygerLily

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    It's quite possible the problem is me, not the book. :) I also might feel differently once I get into it more.
     
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    I'm currently reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who has the slightest interest in science, as well as to anyone who thinks science is boring. I love the bits about how various legendary scientists were as people; a lot of them were complete kooks! :lol: :watch:

    One funny thing: I've just spent a few days in Malta, getting a scuba diving certificate*, and then I read the bit about J.B.S. Haldane and his decompression chamber experiments on the flight back to Sweden. I was a bit sceptical when my diving instructor told me that bad dental fillings could explode in a decompression chamber, due to air trapped inside them - I thought the fillings would have to be catastrophically badly done if that were to happen. Then I found out that that had actually happened to Haldane way back in the early 20th century, so while I don't think anything like that is likely to happen today, it's weirdly cool to know that it actually has happened to someone, once. If only because it was someone who wasn't too fussed about the bad things that happened to him during his experimentation. Here, have a quote of his, on busted eardrums: "the drum generally heals up; and if a hole remains in it, although one is somewhat deaf, one can blow tobacco smoke out of the ear in question, which is a social accomplishment." :rofl:


    *Because my main teacher decided that we should be able to film under water as well as on land. My school, it is awesome.
     
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    I read it in college and while it's not the most pleasant subject, I found it fascinating and well-written but extremely sad. It certainly gave me a better understanding of the more recent history and continuing unrest of the DRC.
     
  24. Lacey

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    So sorry for repeating, but within the last two months someone recommended an almost out of print book on skating that is supposed to be good. Can anyone remember?
     
  25. Prancer

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    Fiction or nonfiction?
     
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    I'm finally reading "Life of Pi". I don't read books while they're being hyped, but I'm about 1/4 of the way in, and wow, has it already got me thinking....reevaluating things I thought I thought. I'm very pro-animals (vegetarian, anti-animal testing) and previously very anti-caged zoos....just the first couple of chapters really had me thinking... Plus, I'm a liberal, very devout but non-church going Christian...who is fascinated in other religions and others' faiths.

    Finishing this book is on my "34 Things I Want to Do Before I Turn 34" and I've a feeling I will read it several times before then. I knew nothing about it, except that every I know who has read it, loved it. The other book on my list is "Angela's Ashes".
     
  27. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    I am now into the second Maigret novel, Maigret and the milord is the English title. It takes place along the river/canal locks and has to do with a lot of boats and barges and associated terminology. I really didn't need to know how to say "wherry" and "bollard" in French but now I do. I didn't even know what these things were in English or any other language.

    So far I am enjoying this one less because of the setting and the jargon. The bodies are piling up but I am looking forward to being done with this one. Hopefully the next one will take part on land.

    I love that book and Maugham in general. Can heartily recommend most of his work. The Moon and Sixpence, The Painted Veil, Liza of Lambeth and there is his famous Of Human Bondage which is not my favorite. His short stories are great too.
     
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  28. Lacey

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    Thanks Prancer, not sure, non-fiction. I had it in my cart, then zap, the big A emailed me and said oops no longer available at this seller, and I was busy that day and forgot for a few weeks, but I think others might still have it. So out of print, but still available...Maybe about 20 years old, possibly an anthology. People were replying that they actually did like it, as opposed to some skating books that are, well, just words and pictures.
     
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  30. Prancer

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    If it was Skate Talk, it looks like it is out of print, but you can buy it used from Better World Books for a penny through Barnes and Noble Marketplace (it's $3.98 direct from the site, but that includes shipping, so it all may work out to be the same). I always recommend Better World Books; they're a bookstore in Indiana that, among other things, sells donated books and donates the money from those sales to world literacy projects. I've found them to be a real pleasure to deal with--they describe their stock accurately, ship fast and are very pleasant to do business with.

    Beverley Smith's Talking Figure Skating is another one people often like; her focus is on people in the skating world who work behind the scenes. BWB has that one for a penny, too, or $3.98 from the site. They also have a new copy for sale for $23.90
     
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